Paul Ricard will suit Toro Rosso car - Albon

19-06-2019 13:59
by Jake Williams-Smith
F1 News
Paul Ricard will suit Toro Rosso car - Albon

Alexander Albon says Toro Rosso should expect a much more competitive weekend in France as Formula 1 returns to Europe for the next phase of the season.

Albon's race ended early on after contact at turn one in Montreal put him on the sidelines almost instantly. Ahead of the French Grand Prix, Albon explained the challenges of the Paul Ricard circuit.

"I'm really looking forward to racing at Le Castellet because it feels as though I haven't done a race for a month, given that my Canadian Grand Prix was over on the first lap," Albon explained in Honda's race preview.

"There's not much to say about it except that at least it's another box ticked, in that I'd never driven the Montreal track before. I really enjoyed the circuit and the city, so I hope to have a better time there next year.

"Paul Ricard is actually a track I know fairly well, as I raced there quite a bit in the junior formulas, making it one of the circuits where I have driven the most. It features on the calendars for lots of categories.

"I enjoyed driving the track and the Signes corner should be impressive in an F1 car, so I'm sure I'll feel it on my neck. It's one of the highest energy corners on the whole calendar."

The Anglo-Thai driver added that it was a circuit that should suit the Toro Rosso car much more than the Canadian Grand Prix.

"On a qualifying lap it should be fun, especially as it's a bit cambered. I think this track will suit our car better than Montreal, Ricard has some similarities with Barcelona and we were quite competitive there.

"So, we can go to the French Grand Prix with a sense of optimism. I like that part of the world, the scenery is great, so let's hope they've sorted the traffic getting in and out!"

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